From Independent Senator BERNIE SANDERS
June 16, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
Our current private health insurance system is the most costly, wasteful, complicated and bureaucratic in the world. Today, 46 million people have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured with high deductibles and co-payments. Close to 20,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have regular access to a doctor.
The time is now for our nation to address the most profound moral and economic issue we face.
The time is now for our country to join the rest of the industrialized world and provide cost-effective, comprehensive quality health care to every man, woman and child in our country.
The time is now to take on the powerful special interests in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and pass a single-payer national health care program.